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Definition of denounce verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they denounce
    he / she / it denounces
    past simple denounced
    -ing form denouncing
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  1. 1to strongly criticize someone or something that you think is wrong, illegal, etc. denounce somebody/something She publicly denounced the government's handling of the crisis. denounce somebody/something as something The project was denounced as a scandalous waste of public money.
  2. 2to tell the police, the authorities, etc. about someone's illegal political activities denounce somebody as something They were denounced as spies. denounce somebody (to somebody) Many people denounced their neighbors to the secret police. see also denunciation
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